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San Mario - secluded relaxation in a Tuscan stone house with excellent Wifi

Overview

Property

Updated: 06-Dec-2016
House with pool in Tuscany garden. 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms . Sleeps 10-12.

It is impossible not to fall in love with the garden at Casa San Mario; the big chestnut tree offering shade on a hot summer’s day, the terracotta patio where hours can be spent enjoying a lazy lunch or dinner, the generous pool where you can cool off after a morning spent exploring Volterra, or, as in the case of my daughters, topping up a tan.

Younger children can enjoy making dens in the garden or exploring the shaded woods, and when the sun sets the whole family can take part in hotly contested ping-pong tournaments on our floodlit ping-pong terrace. For a unique experience, the garden boasts a truly Italian pizza oven, where we enjoy making pizza and bread.

The house is a large, classical Tuscan farmhouse. Because of its traditional building style and airy rooms the house stays pleasantly cool, even in mid-august. It is ideal for both adults and families, and has 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, as well as a separate toilet in the utility room. There is a living room upstairs, equipped with a large fireplace, where in the cooler seasons it is pleasant to play cards and chat, and two smaller sitting room/studies downstairs. Our favourite room in the house is the very large farmhouse kitchen and dining room downstairs, this room has a 14 seat hardwood table, and once the sun has gone down it and the adjoining terrace are often the hub of the house.

Volterra (4km from the house) is a very attractive, small hilltop town. The road from the house offers breath-taking views of Tuscany. Volterra was founded in pre-Etruscan time and flourished in the Etruscan period. It became important again in the Renaissance. Our house happens to be on the Roman unmarked road that leads to Florence. There is an impressive Etruscan Museum and a small, very pleasant, Art Gallery.

Walking in Volterra is always a pleasure thanks to the medieval architecture (fans of Twilight may recognise the piazza!), and there are plenty of interesting shops selling Italian leather, shoes, and clothing. There are also small grocery shops selling local produce, as well as a fantastic farmers’ market on Saturdays. If you are tired you can take a break at one of Volterra’s many cafes (we recommend l’Incontro, where you can have a proper Italian cappuccino, homemade ice-cream or pasticcini, and after dark enjoy wine tasting or sample their delicious cocktails).

The house is also close to Pisa, Florence, Siena and San Gimignano, as well as many interesting vineyards and farms. Why not explore Dante’s birthplace, or visit Fattoria Lischeto – supplier to Harrods – for a traditional Tuscan lunch, followed by a cheese-making class? And after a hard day sight-seeing, return to the beauty and tranquillity of Casa San Mario.

In Detail:

The house can accommodate up to 12 persons in comfort. Upstairs, on the first floor, there are three bedrooms with bathroom en suite and a large sitting room. Downstairs there are a large kitchen-dining room, a small kitchen and a living room, and two bedroom with one bathroom, and a utility room. Please see the house plan in the Photos section.

Swimming pool (Open May to mid October) seventy-five metres from the house. Green mosaic tiles. Width: 5m. Length: 13m. Depth from 1.4 to 2.6m. Surrounded by solarium of local stone and sandstone rocks and by the side of a small Oak wood providing shade.

Garden: Mature shaded garden and trees around the house, further away newly planted fruit orchard and open fields.

Garden and pool furniture. Barbecue, washing line, parking, table tennis table and bats, traditional bread and pizza oven.

More Details
  • Sleeps 12
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

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Guestbook comments from the owner

Just returned from a fabulous two weeks in Casa San Mario. A superb, spacious villa with rolling gardens and swimming pool. The quality of the rooms was excellent - five bedrooms, three bathrooms and a large living room which the grandchildren took over as their 'common room'. The kitchen provided all that was necessary for good easy living. It's the space that works so well, some splashing in the pool, some reading on a secluded garden seat, some playing table tennis. There was room and facility for a BBQ for twenty people.

If you make it down the first road ( Its going to be a bumpy ride) you are well set for the glorious Tuscany countryside , beautiful nearby Volterra and trips to Sienna and Florence.

All brilliant. If we can muster up enough people we certainly hope to be going again. Oh yes, one of my grandchildren called it paradise and you don't get better than that.
Jul 2014
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21 Reviews

4.8
based on 21 holidaymaker reviews

5

Beautiful perfect family vacation

  • 5 of 5

Family of 11 stayed here for one week and it was fabulous. The home was perfect for us -plenty of room. The pool and the view were absolutely spectacular! We cooked every meal in the kitchen with ingredients from the local markets and grocery stores.

The drive to the Villa is a bit rough and rocky but it is worth it once you arrive. The only suggestion we had was to upgrade the towels in the bathroom and better pillows :)

You will not be disappointed if you rent this place!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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beautiful grounds, pool, house exterior and surrounding area

  • 4 of 5

The property is gorgeous from the exterior, huge garden, table tennis, bbq area with two bbq's (no pizza oven), lovely large pool (freezing cold in june but probably warmer later in the season) and quite rustic and dark in the interior (small windows/ dark wood). There is plenty of space and two fridges was great for 9 of us staying there. Nice to have separate beds (we are all work colleagues) and enough bathrooms for all! There are enough pots and pans and lots of utensils and good sharp knives which were all nice to have in a rental property. The only thing I would mention is that the oven takes ages to cook anything - in never seems to get up to heat so roasted veg one evening took 2 hours etc - basically double the time you think it will take to cook things in the oven. However this doesnt impact your stay with a little planning!

The housekeeper Sonia is very good if you speak a little Italian (take a phrase book if not!) - our kettle broke and she replaced it that same day - very efficient. There is no phone reception at the house (sometimes you can get it in the garden) but you can call her on the house phone. The internet is not fast but it is fine for a bit of internet searching and emailing and the odd skype call (it struggled with Viber calls though) - it went down once during our stay but I mentioned it to sonias husband and it was fixed same day. We had thunderstorms an an earthquake whilst at the house (v Exciting!) and the electricity went off but we just followed the instructions in the house information and got it all working easily.

A few other things to mention - bring mosquito repellent - they are out day and night especially by the pool. We had a small infestation of woodlice in one of the downstairs bedrooms (mentioned to sonia on departure) and a flood in the same bedroom from rain pouring in through the closed and locked patio doors. It did not detract from our holiday and was mentioned so the housekeeper can do something about it for next guests.

Overall we had a lovely time at the house and whilst there are a few things that need fixing I think the house is well priced for what you get and the area is just beautiful - we walked up Monte Voltraio behind the house and also along the dirt road to palagione and back, Volterra tour is worth doing too. We went to Florence for the day and also went to San Gimignano for dinner which was lovely. So much to do in the area.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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An incredible holiday home

  • 5 of 5

This is such a fantastic place for a holiday that I returned twice after my first visit! A beautiful, peaceful countryside setting with a lovely large garden, the house is still within a short drive to the impressive Mediaeval town of Volterra which has lots to see. However, we mostly spent our days happily lazing by the private infinity pool. The house is large and well-equipped, and because of the stone it is still nice and cool inside. Everything was tidy, clean and well-organised - I would definitely recommend!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love our Casa San Mario, and we love it when our guests come back. Obviously we are never at the house together, but we have a kind of special 'virtual relationship'. I hope you'll come back again.
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5

Trip of a lifetime

  • 5 of 5

I had three different groups come in three weeks. Everyone that came fell in love with the house. Leaving this wonderful home made us sad for the memories were awesome. We hope to return again soon!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Just as good second time around

  • 5 of 5

This was our second family holiday to Casa San Mario and everyone enjoyed the holiday just as much as on our first visit. Our party consisted of six adults and three young children and the house suited our needs very well. There are five bedrooms with four bathrooms which meant everyone had their own facilities and space. The house is well maintained although not pristine. We also liked the lovely gardens and that the excellent swimming pool is away from the house. There are lovely countryside views particularly from the pool end of the garden. The house is situated along a small unmade road and has no immediate neighbours. It is in a very pretty and tranquil spot. Volterra and its supermarkets are easily reachable by car. Altogether the house represents excellent value for money and is highly recommended. I am sure our family will all want to return for another Tuscan holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Geoff for your lovely review. We are really pleased when our guests enjoy their stay at the house. Paola
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5

Delightful - Exceeded Our Expectations

  • 5 of 5

This spacious 17th century house met our needs perfectly. While retaining many period features, it is comfortably-furnished and well-equipped with modern appliances. The expansive lot includes several distinct sitting areas, so that one may choose to relax in either the sun or shade as the mood strikes. We made good use of the large swimming pool from which there is a lovely view of the countryside. Shopping and other services are available in Volterra - about 15 minutes away by car. Volterra is very appealing in its own right, being less "touristy" than some other Tuscan hill towns. We enjoyed Annie Adair's walking tour and the Etruscan Museum is well worth a visit. We would heartily recommend San Mario to others - our only regret is that we weren't able to stay longer!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 25, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Pisa at 50 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Volterra at 4 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Livorno at 50 Kilometres Nearest Train : Firenze at 50 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Colle Val'D'Elsa at 26 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Vicinity at 2 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Cecina at 45 Kilometres Car: necessary

Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
Autumn
15 Oct 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
£768
for 3 nights
From
£256
£854
 
 
Winter Holidays
17 Dec 2016 - 7 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
£2,134
for 7 nights
£2,134
 
 
Early Spring
8 Jan 2017 - 18 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
£366
for 3 nights
£854
 
 
Late Spring
19 Mar 2017 - 1 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
£1,024
for 3 nights
From
£341
£1,537
 
 
Summer
2 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£2,561
for 7 nights
£2,561
 
 
Late Summer
3 Sep 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
£768
for 3 nights
From
£256
£1,537
 
 
Autumn
29 Oct 2017 - 3 Mar 2018
3 night minimum stay
£768
for 3 nights
From
£256
£1,024
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£768
for 3 nights
From
£256
£1,537
£3,586
 

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £0

Swimming Pool Open around May 1; closed around September 30th. Rental price within this period includes swimming pool maintenance. Swimming can be opened at other times on payment of additional fee.

Please enquire for last-minute rental' offers.
Special rates are available for lets of four weeks or more in the November - April period.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Property Type

  • farmhouse

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic

General

  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...

Kitchen

  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Dining Room

Entertainment

  • Books
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...

Suitability

  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • rural

Attractions

  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 250 m²

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Bathroom - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, En suite
  • Bathroom - Toilet
  • Bathroom 5 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom - Toilet, Shower Enclosure

Bedrooms

  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Master - 1 Double Bed, Shower and WC en suite
  • Garden - 2 Single Bed
  • Garden Study - 1 Sofa bed/Futon, Double
  • Guest - 1 Double Bed, Or Twin, bathroom en-suite
  • Arch - 4 Single Bed, 4 sngl or 1 double & 2 sng Bathroom en-suite Cot available
  • Ground Floor Double - 1 Double Bed
  • 2/3 doubles, 1/2 twins, 1 family bedroom, 1 cot, 1 Garden Studio room with sofa bed

Outside

  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • 12 garden chairs

Meals

  • Self-catering

Partner Offers

Partner Offers

 
Portable wifi hotspot